Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

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Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby Zapruda » Sun 08 Apr, 2018 3:51 pm

After hearing about the recent track clearing I finally decided to give Hannels Spur a crack. And before they put a metal walkway to the top :P

I left work on Friday afternoon and arrived at the Geehi flats campground at around 7pm. I woke up at 6 and after a breakfast of donuts and coffee I packed up and headed out. I arrived at the start of the track at around 7:30am and started the climb.

It was definitely type 2 fun until about 300m before Moiras flat (not so flat) when it became type 1 fun with stunning views and a nice cleared track as you are coming out above the treeline.

The scrub was very thick in places but if you paid attention there was always a pink ribbon to guide you. If you can't handle thick scrub do not attempt this walk! I lost the track once but quickly found it again. You cant go too wrong, just head uphill... I don't think anyone should attempt this unless they know how to read a map and orientate with a compass.

The Parks employees and volunteers who cut the top section of the track are legends! It was clear and easy going apart from the steepness.

Once I got above the treeline I was in familiar territory and made it through Wilkinsons valley quickly. I arrived at the top of Mt Kosciuszko after about 6 and a 1/2 hours of walking.

From Mt K I decided to climb up toward Abbott peak and set up the tent near Byatts Camp where I had found some good water earlier in the day. I was treated to a great sunset and a warm and still night. Total elevation gain was about 2150m and 20km of distance covered. I was pretty happy to say the least.

I woke up early today and headed back down the spur reaching the car in about 3 hours.

I wont bore you all with too much detail but I took some rough notes at certain elevations.

450m – Easy going
550m - Steep and scrub
700m – Steep
815m – Thick scrub
850m – Scrub thins and track levels out
900m – Thick scrub
950m – Drop into nice fern gully
1100m – Steep
1150m - Scrub thick lots of pink tape
1400m – Cut track
1500m – Moiras flat
1650m – Steep cut path
1750m – Scrub thins a track levels out
1865m – Good water and waist high scrub uphill
Open walking through Wilkinsons valley.

Very boring album of the walk but it should give you an idea of the track - https://imgur.com/gallery/ROz42

Let me know if you have any questions.
Cheers
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby kanangra » Sun 08 Apr, 2018 5:10 pm

Great work!

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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby crollsurf » Sun 08 Apr, 2018 6:37 pm

Thanks Zapurda, loved the photos and hope you withheld a few for the "Where am I (Aussie)" comp!

It's good to see they didn't totally sanitise the walk, they have done a good job.
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby wildwanderer » Sun 08 Apr, 2018 6:50 pm

Good stuff! Thanks for the report
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby Zapruda » Mon 09 Apr, 2018 5:58 am

crollsurf wrote:Thanks Zapurda, loved the photos and hope you withheld a few for the "Where am I (Aussie)" comp!

It's good to see they didn't totally sanitise the walk, they have done a good job.


I didn’t even think of the game! Damn I shouldn’t have posted so many pics.

Yep agreed, I think it’s a great mix of scrub and track now.
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